James Russell Roofing Installation Process

Roof Installation Process

James Russell Roofing Installation Process

Understanding the James Russell roofing installation process will help you understand the various phases of our installation process. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Drip Edge System

  1. First, we add the Atlas drip edge system to the roof’s rakes and eaves. This is your leak barrier. We install it at all critical areas such as the eave with drip edge or eave flashing and other critical areas to direct water away from the fascia board to help stop fascia board rot.


2. Install Atlas Underlayment. Atlas Summit® 60 and Summit® 180 synthetic underlayment are the best in the industry. James Russell Roofing will use the best roofing materials and products. Atlas Underlayment protects against water and mold growth. Made with a woven polymeric scrim, Summit® 60 has improved strength, less slippage between the underlayment and the roof sheathing, and perfected walkability during installation.

Starter Shingles

3.  Install Atlas Starter Shingle. The starter single protects the roof edge and provides anchoring power for high wind resistance at the critical eave and rake areas. They protect the roof by filling in spaces under the cutouts and edges for the first course of exposed shingles, preventing wind uplift.

Ice and Water Shield

4. The ice and water shield should be installed after the drip edge and felt have been set up. Atlas underlayment creates a watertight barrier sealing to the roof deck and around nails preventing leaks. The granular surface of WeatherMaster® Ice & Water 216 provides traction and protection from UV degradation and weathering. And Winterguard is a product made by Atlas that protects against ice and water for the valleys and surrounding penetrations, which are the most exposed parts of your roof.

Roofing Shingles

5. We use Atlas designer shingles with Scotchgard Protector to help prevent black streaks caused by algae, keeping your roof looking beautiful for years. Beauty is only one benefit of the Scotchguard protector. Algae damages the roof’s shingles. This is because Algae slowly feed off the asphalt’s limestone. This weakens the roof’s structural integrity, which may cause some shingles to detach. Damage from algae may also weaken your roof’s ability to reflect sunlight, causing more heat to radiate throughout your home. This effect is especially brutal during the summer season. Atlas offers the widest variety of colors and the heaviest shingles in terms of weight per pound. 

Hip and Ridge Shingles

6. Install hip and ridge shingles.  We use Atlas Hip & Ridge shingles featuring Scotchgard™. The Scotchgard™ protector provides superior hip and ridge protection by capping external roof angles, giving homes a polished, finished look. They stand up to the most extreme weather conditions, offering year-round protection from heat, cold, and all-weather in between.

Roof Ventilation

7. Roof Ventilation, James Russell Roofing uses the Atlas ridge vent materials. Ventilation balances air intake and exhaust in your attic, allowing your home to breathe. It disperses the moisture that can lead to deck rot, ice dams, mold, and mildew as well as add to uncomfortable conditions inside your home. The Atlas ridge vent performs well all year round and can withstand up to 100 mph of wind-driven rain. Ridge vent products better protection against wind-driven rain, snow, dust, and insect infiltration.

Painting Preferences

8. Discuss painting preferences with your Jams Russell Roofing representative. Any roofing hardware that did not come pre-painted needs to be painted after the hip and ridge are finished. Pipe jacks, 750s or turtle vents, wind turbines, and flashings are typical roofing accessories that might not arrive painted.


9. When all the painting and installation are finished, it’s time to finish the roofing project by doing a complete clean-up. We remove any roofing debris and nails from the yard, flowerbeds, and the driveway.

Leftover Materials

10. James Russell Roofing will take away any leftover materials after the roof is completed.